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I’m Laila, a 27-year-old musician and writer from London. tapeparade began in 2013 and has evolved over the years into somewhere I document my travels and share my experiences of growing up. This blog is ultimately a place where I try to understand things, and I don’t necessarily mean in a “Revise Chapter 5” kind of way. This is a place where I try to get to the heart of something and really makes sense of things. Whether that’s grappling with identity, adjusting to veganism or just figuring out a new city and sharing a few tips – I try to understand and make sense of life and then share that with you! That sounds corny as hell, but it’s true – this blog has seen me go from new graduate and single gal about town, to successful freelancer and happily engaged.

So, Who Am I Exactly?

I’m mixed race, and with family spread around the globe, travel feels more like a part of life than a hobby. I’d clocked up five countries on three continents by the age of 18 months! I’m also cruelty-free, vegan and a big lover of vintage. I wrote a whole post on how I think these issues interlink, which also served as the introduction to my series Going Green. When I’m not working away at my computer, you can find me making ridiculous props for my rescue snake Princess Maggie or sifting through the “Sale” section of Beyond Retro. Occasionally I talk about my career on this blog, but you can also find out more about my life as a musician over on my professional website,

 And What Is This Blog All About?

I started this blog as a place to awkwardly document my travels on tour and my favourite outfits. These days, I’m more likely to be chatting about a recent trip abroad, experiences with racism, or tips for life as a vegan. I’m very open and my blog covers a lot of topics that have come up in my life. My hope is that this blog both inspires and informs you. Whilst we’re at it, please let me offer you as much insight into life as I can find. The tapeparade reader is somebody who enjoys linking the dots, mulling things over, taking in the scenery and sharing joy.

I tend not to shy away from the harder bits of life; some of my most popular posts have been about dealing with racism and sexism. You can also find a whole series of posts on Death and Grief. In 2014, when I was in my early 20s, four of my close friends died within the space of eleven months. The experience had a big impact on me, and is something I’m still processing and writing about.

If you’re looking for a specific post, please use the search bar in the corner – otherwise, you’ll find all my categories in the top navigation bar and a list of my popular posts in the sidebar. Thanks for stopping by!